1928 General Electric Octagon Replica
The set before wood restoration
The lens and wooden holder
Shown above are the lens arrangements from six different sets. The first is a 1928 photo, showing no front wood piece, but a more elaborate trim. The next three show a trim piece like ours with the wooden holder removed. The last two show sets with wooden lens holders, with the mounting screws in different positions.
The knobs and escutcheons on the original Octagon were the same as were on the Radiola 18 radio. These, however, were cast of aluminum from molds made from the originals.
Here is a photo of the original knob and escutcheon
The motor is also cast from a mold of the original. There is nothing inside, and the shaft can be pulled out. The GE logo on top is paper.
Here is Jeff Lendaro's speculation on these replicas:
It is clear that who ever made the molded parts had an original to use. The knobs and escutcheons are common Radiola 18 parts and anyone that knew anything about radios would have just scavenged those from a radio. It sounds to me like someone at GE had this done at one point. And again by someone who was unfamiliar with the radio line. Long ago I talked with a GE salesman that said they had one in their office for show and tell. I think they would even loan it to dealers for display purposes. Maybe this is what they were using?
Norm Lehfeldt of San Francisco added this:
I recall observing one on display at the now vanished White Front
discount store on 16th Street, between Bryant and Potrero in San
Francisco. (The present location of a big Safeway.) This would have been
in 1970 or '71. (I was in there buying a 19" monochrome Motorola
set--$109.95, including roll-around stand.)
Our set is also missing the phonic motor assembly, which mounts in front of the disk. The center knob is used to adjust framing.
The wooden pieces
This may be a picture of the replica, from the April-May 1952 issue of National Radio-TV News
Courtesy of Bob Dobush